So one of my favorite stores, RetroWard, had a fun console radio for sale and it was only 10 bucks. I had a few retro decorations I wanted to drop off and maybe get a few bucks off the radio in exchange. When I got there it wasn’t exactly what I wanted so I was going to pass. But then, before I left, I went back in to get it and she just gave it to me, what a sweetheart! (or she just wanted the room).
Unfortunately the record player didn’t work and the radio was just a bit dated. But I had plans. It was a beast to get the radio bits out of the cabinet, but I did and sold the inners/parts for $25, so I was already 25 richer.
I then took the speaker covers off and cut out the wood behind it. I recovered a new flat piece of wood in a fun new fabric and after some struggle, I was able to attach some hinges and make some doors. Then to amazon to order some extra pieces, as well as a trip to the dollar store. I looked in my storage area and found some leftover paint and I was ready to go.
I didn’t want to strip the cabinet, as I loved the color and the age of the wood, but the sides were very dinged up. So I used some crisp white paint on the sides and the legs and a nice mint green for the inside. I then used some Gold’s Furniture restore on the remaining wood and shined it right up. I used the dollar store bucket to fill the a hole from the radio and left the other hole as is for extra storage. And then, amazon delivered and BAM! It was suddenly a groovy bar.
I seriously love the fabric on the speakers and I think the white sides and bottom look amazing and make it pop.
BAM! Look at that full fledged bar mode going on. The underside of the lid has a cork board and a chalk board. The left speaker has a wine glass rack (amazon) and a place for your towel. The right speaker is just additional storage.
Looking down you can see the ice bucket (dollar store) where one of the radios were. The other opening is where the record player was. There is even secret storage in the space under the ice bucket (well it was secret). The spot for records is a perfect fit for a cutting board.
I am in love with this and hope the next owner will enjoy all the fun drinks that will come out of her.
Total cost was around 20 dollars for hardware and fabric, but with the selling of the radio I sill came out $5 ahead without selling it.